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Endocarditis Caused by a New Species of Pasteurella

DIETER W. GUMP, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and ROBERT A. HOLDEN, M.D.
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Supported in part by grants AI00365 and AI07958, U.S. Public Health Service, Washington, D.C.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Dieter W. Gump, University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt. 05401.


Burlington, Vermont


Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):275-278. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-275
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A case of Pasteurella endocarditis caused by an organism closely resembling P. multocida, but with characteristics sufficiently different from this organism to constitute a new and distinctive species, is presented. The biochemical and growth characteristics of this organism, referred to as Pasteurella new species, are compared with P. multocida. One of the striking differences between P. new species and P. multocida was the generation of gas during the fermentation of several different sugars by the new species. Another marked difference was the flocculent growth pattern produced by P. new species in liquid media, in contrast to the uniform turbidity produced by P. multocida in such media. The potentially serious nature of Pasteurella infections contracted from dogs and cats is again demonstrated by this case, as well as the necessity of early and vigorous local treatment of dog and cat bites, including the use of penicillin G for infections resulting from such bites.

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